Sindh providing relief to flood-hit families from Balochistan, Punjab
Karachi: Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Relief Haleem Adil Shaikh has said the government is providing relief to flood- and rain-affected people not only of Sindh but also of Punjab and Balochistan.
Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, he said President Asif Ali Zardari had directed the Sindh government to continue the relief operation in relief camps and affected areas and to take care of the people till they returned to their homes.
Shaikh said President Zardari was taking keen interest in the rehabilitation of the affected people and was in direct contact with the provincial and the local administrations through telephonic conferences.
He said the displaced people from the border areas of Punjab and Balochistan were also living in camps in Sindh and the government was providing relief to them as well. This time no NGO or international organisation came to rescue those affected or conduct a relief operation in Sindh, he said, adding that the provincial government alone tackled the situation.
The adviser stated that Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was also taking interest in the relief operation and visited the affected areas to monitor the relief operation. He further said that due to past experience the government had taken steps much before rains and floods lashed the areas they did.
He however said still there were some areas under water and the government was trying to drain the water through pumps. He said the situation in terms of health and education was not good in the affected areas as the local administration was not taking this matter seriously.
Shaikh said President Zardari had been informed about this and he had taken serious notice of the attitude of the local administration. He noted that the government provided tents, drinking water, food and other relief items in time and he himself had been visiting the affected areas for the last two months.
The adviser announced that he would spend the Eid holidays with the affected people in camps and host an Eid Milan party for more than 50,000 displaced people on the Eid day. He said the chief minister and all ministers would also visit the relief camps on the Eid day to mark solidarity with the affected families. He said it was decided that seeds and fertilizer would also be provided to the affected people.